The fourth expansion in a decade at the KronotexUSA flooring plant in Barnwell County, S.C., is expected to create 105 jobs over the next few years, the operation’s Swiss-based parent company said Tuesday.
Swiss Krono Group said it will invest $230 million to construct a high-density fiberboard mill, which it will use to expand its laminate flooring production and sell to other wood-based manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, fixtures and doors.
Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2016, with completion expected in summer 2018. The expansion will increase KronotexUSA’s Barnwell County workforce to 275 employees.
“We’ve been very happy with the quality of the workforce talent here in South Carolina,” KronotexUSA board member Norm Voss said in a statement issued by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. “And we’re delighted to be able to employ more Americans here in Barnwell and grow our exceptional relationship with the local people, businesses and government.”
The company said anyone interested in applying for one of the new positions should visit the company’s online careers page at kronotexusa.com/careers.
The plant manufactures laminate wood and tile flooring under the Kronotex and Formica flooring brands, in addition to a variety of private label brands sold by many leading retailers. The company said the expansion will boost its annual laminate flooring output by 8 million square meters (86.1 million square feet).
Last year, Kronotex expanded the facility at 810 Technology Drive by 90,000 square feet to add a new paper-impregnation process to enhance product design. The flooring manufacturer has invested more than $126 million and generated more than 190 jobs in Barnwell County since 2005.
“KronotexUSA has provided hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in our area over the last decade,” SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Buddy Phillips said in a statement. “We congratulate Kronotex on their phenomenal growth at the Barnwell facility. This announcement is a great way to end the year and to kick off 2016 for our region.”